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Devolution

Ms Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) how much is spent annually by his Department on research programmes in Scotland; and what proportion of this funding will be transferred to the Scottish Parliament after devolution; [63299]

Mr. Mudie: Under the terms of the Scotland Act 1998, the Scottish Ministers will assume responsibility for a range of devolved functions which will in part depend on secondary legislation which has yet to be passed. My Department is reviewing its programmes, including the research components, in the light of the Scotland Act. It

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is too early to say to what extent programme expenditure which is currently administered by the Department may relate to functions which will transfer to Scottish Ministers. Work is taking place to establish the extent of any such expenditure and to assess the need for any consequential transfer of funds to the Scottish Ministers. For the total spending by the Department in Scotland I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary to the Treasury to the hon. Member for North Tayside (Mr. Swinney) on 4 November 1998, Official Report, column 615.

Education Channel

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what estimate he has made of the cost (a) in total and (b) to public funds of establishing a new broadcast education channel. [63322]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The Department has no plans to establish a new broadcast education channel and no estimate of possible costs has accordingly been made.

Funding

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how much money has been allocated in each of the next three financial years for (a) the Standards Fund, (b) the New Opportunities Fund, (c) the Service Development Fund and (d) the Small School Support Fund. [63250]

Mr. Blunkett: The Standards Fund programme will be over £900 million in 1999-2000. This includes the DfEE grant and the local education authority contribution. Announcements of the size of the programme in future years will be made in due course.

The Service Development Fund will be £750 million in 2000-01 and £1,000 million in 2001-02.

Details for the Small School Support Fund will be announced in due course. Questions on the New Opportunities Fund are for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Headteachers

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment when he expects to publish details of the proposed resources which are to be made available within the school improvement grant element of the Standards Fund for the replacement of headteachers in underperforming schools. [63248]

Ms Estelle Morris: The Green Paper "Teachers--Meeting the Challenge of Change" (Cm 4164) indicates that additional resources will be made available within the Standards Fund to help underperforming schools to get the strong leadership they need. Details of this allocation will be announced in due course.

Virtual Staff College

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will make a statement on the Virtual Staff College for Senior Education Officers. [63251]

Ms Estelle Morris: The Virtual Staff College is a project, led by the Society of Education Officers with support from my Department, for the training and

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development of local education authority officers. The project includes a competence framework which forms the basis for several newly developed Master's degree courses. Students can mix and match modules from difference universities and combine on-site tuition with distance learning. The project leader is on secondment from the Department. The DfEE is also providing £30,000 for the development of the competence framework, training materials and information.

Teachers

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what estimate he has made of the recurrent cost of providing funding to guarantee all new teachers the reduced teaching load and programme of support referred to in the Green Paper, "Teachers Meeting the Challenge of Change". [63249]

Mr. Charles Clarke: In 1999-2000 my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State will make available £251.5 million in the School Improvement Standards Fund grant to support activity designed to improve standards of pupil performance in order to meet school, LEA and national targets.

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many advanced skills teachers have been appointed to date to each salary band. [63246]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The information is not available.

Pupils (Spending)

Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list the standard spending assessments for education per pupil for each English local authority for 1999-2000. [63255]

Ms Estelle Morris: The following table shows, for each local education authority,

(a) its Primary education SSA per primary pupil;

(b) its Secondary education SSA per secondary pupil; and

(c) its total education SSA.

(a)(b)(c)
LEAPrimary SSA per 5-10 pupil £Secondary SSA per 11-15 pupil £Total education SSA £ million
City of London3,3419,8410.823
Camden3,3234,13587.405
Greenwich3,1484,034126.198
Hackney3,5144,720103.657
Hammersmith and Fulham3,3054,26663.226
Islington3,3644,42991.734
Kensington and Chelsea3,3154,13040.216
Lambeth3,5214,883111.411
Lewisham3,2934,276127.517
Southwark3,3964,381124.188
Tower Hamlets3,5844,624145.646
Wandsworth3,0823,95098.179
Westminster3,2033,91566.840
Barking and Dagenham2,6933,50084.362
Barnet2,5563,221135.917
Bexley2,4483,130105.895
Brent2,9523,846123.122
Bromley2,4163,064125.844
Croydon2,6253,416140.458
Ealing2,7623,619129.439
Enfield2,6613,372139.354
Haringey3,0493,990110.180
Harrow2,5123,26881.160
Havering2,4063,10199.018
Hillingdon2,5213,232107.889
Hounslow2,7083,415107.140
Kingston upon Thames2,4163,07153.379
Merton2,5763,31466.341
Newham3,0723,943156.662
Redbridge2,5773,284118.381
Richmond upon Thames2,3722,98952.474
Sutton2,4683,09678.844
Waltham Forest2,8453,653111.079
Birmingham2,5093,248506.054
Coventry2,3743,053136.125
Dudley2,1762,784120.419
Sandwell2,3923,081136.000
Solihull2,1692,75988.014
Walsall2,3002,936124.674
Wolverhampton2,4033,103111.897
Knowsley2,6313,46585.254
Liverpool2,5823,317238.351
St. Helens2,2822,94376.521
Sefton2,2742,904122.220
Wirral2,3433,028148.745
Bolton2,2812,921117.547
Bury2,1982,80071.500
Manchester2,6633,494207.706
Oldham2,3422,991108.596
Rochdale2,3633,05296.905
Salford2,3873,09795.263
Stockport2,1552,782104.481
Tameside2,2592,88595.650
Trafford2,2222,85891.122
Wigan2,1952,801125.385
Barnsley2,2782,94387.395
Doncaster2,3593,055136.244
Rotherham2,2742,898116.237
Sheffield2,3142,972195.022
Bradford2,4043,114233.854
Calderdale2,2812,93588.234
Kirklees2,3102,964164.385
Leeds2,2832,925292.500
Wakefield2,2162,846129.015
Gateshead2,3152,97978.279
Newcastle upon Tyne2,4313,128111.057
North Tyneside2,2452,90977.634
South Tyneside2,3603,02468.784
Sunderland2,3302,992129.129
Isles of Scilly4,1365,2771.206
Cambridgeshire2,2242,846190.955
Cheshire2,1732,774263.888
Cornwall2,2832,937189.872
Cumbria2,2552,889195.864
Devon2,2582,914243.787
Essex2,3373,003524.217
Gloucestershire2,1992,818214.838
Herefordshire2,2702,92761.120
Worcestershire2,1682,774198.216
Hertfordshire2,3703,029444.698
Kent2,3372,997553.625
Lancashire2,2592,898468.619
Lincolnshire2,2692,916250.567
Norfolk2,2762,912286.604
Northamptonshire2,2222,852257.805
Northumberland2,2402,879129.290
Nottinghamshire2,1962,820296.082
Oxfordshire2,2912,918217.420
Shropshire2,2202,839100.824
Somerset2,2262,863175.412
Suffolk2,2222,836250.346
Surrey2,3372,991358.271
Warwickshire2,1822,796187.617
West Sussex2,2672,905269.226
North Yorkshire2,2352,843219.711
Bedfordshire2,2852,935160.984
Buckinghamshire2,2862,944193.629
Derbyshire2,1732,791272.411
Dorset2,1912,800135.276
Durham2,2832,943203.417
East Sussex2,3363,009174.297
Hampshire2,2292,871446.888
Leicestershire2,1192,726228.231
Staffordshire2,1512,761323.123
Wiltshire2,2092,847159.098
Isle of Wight Council2,3973,08252.955
Bath and North East Somerset2,1582,71762.354
City of Bristol2,3383,031134.265
North Somerset2,1702,80068.008
South Gloucestershire2,1152,72893.824
Hartlepool2,3312,99142.580
Middlesbrough2,4513,19068.493
Redcar and Cleveland2,3432,98866.222
Stockton-on-Tees2,2952,95382.138
City of Kingston-upon-Hull2,4123,096114.854
East Riding of Yorkshire2,1862,798121.284
North East Lincolnshire2,3122,97572.999
North Lincolnshire2,2782,92864.980
York2,1722,81060.335
Luton2,4983,21787.649
Milton Keynes2,3653,05792.715
Derby2,3232,98396.869
Poole2,1612,76650.010
Bournemouth2,2712,88655.817
Darlington2,2652,92539.683
Brighton and Hove2,4183,10382.786
Portsmouth2,4103,08472.774
Southampton2,4243,13687.402
Leicester2,4703,171134.753
Rutland2,1902,70711.642
Stoke on Trent2,2812,94399.514
Bracknell Forest2,3403,01841.567
Windsor and Maidenhead2,3432,95751.147
Newbury2,2202,82260.950
Reading2,3923,13148.071
Slough2,7393,60759.011
Wokingham2,1292,74558.507
Peterborough2,3563,02278.899
Halton2,3693,07059.307
Warrington2,1512,76778.552
Plymouth2,2742,893107.756
Torbay2,2852,92949.958
Southend2,3783,04768.888
Thurrock2,4883,19460.506
Rochester and Gillingham2,3132,972117.985
Blackburn2,4423,12770.696
Blackpool2,2892,98452.823
Nottingham City2,5223,281115.257
The Wrekin2,2882,93966.230
Thamesdown2,2002,83073.313
England2,3723,03320,414.000

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